Missouri utility regulators approve Ameren coal plan

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri utility regulators have approved a proposal for refined coal at an Ameren Missouri power plant.

Ameren Missouri plans to sell coal and lease part of its property at the Rush Island Power Plant to another company, which will refine the coal and sell it back to the St. Louis-based power company. Buffington Partners plans to use a process that will reduce emissions from the coal.

The Missouri Public Service Commission has approved the proposal. Regulators say that the public will benefit from environmental improvements and reduced emissions from the coal. In addition, payments to Ameren will offset plant operations and maintenance costs.

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